So far almost everything has started selling online except grocery items because of the high volume of varieties and low quantity that every household would really have to buy in each order. But gradually groceries have also started selling online now. Local online grocery stores are growing fast. People have started buying groceries online now but prefer to buy it from local vendors only instead of ordering it to a multinational portal thogh. A survey conducted in the USA confirms this growing shift from traditional to technological shopping trend in this sector too.
While Amazon, eBay and all other giant online retailers are affecting local businesses everywhere in the world, the grocery sector still seems to be in the hands of local vendors as long as they accept and adopt the change that consumers are looking for.
Online shopping stores are not very costly affairs but they need constant inputs to keep running successfully. This usually is not possible for typical grocery traders who don't know much about this system. However, solutions exist in the form of common multi-vendor shopping portals, which are being offered by various entrepreneurs regionally or locally. There are several such common e-commerce platforms that are being developed and managed by city technocrats. They are offering free memberships to local vendors with a facility to upload and sell their products on the site in an easy manner. Initially these memberships are offered free but, at a later stage, some successful sites may charge some annual membership fees, monthly rent or commission to support their operations. They claim to be earning through advertisements though. Such types of ventures provide easy to use and affordable platforms to all city vendors. It brings all willing vendors on a single city-level platform thus to facilitate buyers in selection of their preferred local store and order consumables like groceries, or medicines, etc. These multi-vendor projects are preferred more than single-vendor shopping resources.
It is wise for local vendors to join in such programs if they really want to stay in their business. If they don't wake-up to the fact in time, sooner or later some multinational online stores are sure going to intrude in their area, offer this facility to locals on its own and then, they will have no choice but to lose their share of business to these mighty competitors forever. Therefore it's good to accept the change early and get ready for the challenges. Remember opening individual online stores might not be as effective as these joint efforts can be. They are going to collect hoards of customers only because of the availability of multiple vendors there.